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AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
AstraZeneca Canada employees at a company town hall meeting  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why AstraZeneca Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

  • AstraZeneca Canada recently increased its starting vacation allowance to four weeks and provides additional paid time off during the winter holidays, as well as paid personal days that can be used to extend vacation (or for other matters as determined by the employee)
  • AstraZeneca Canada streamlined its family-friendly benefits by offering universal parental leave top-up, to 100 per cent of salary for up to 18 weeks for new and adoptive parents -- the company also offers support for fertility drugs and treatment if needed, to a lifetime maximum of $15,000
  • AstraZeneca Canada invests in ongoing employee development, offering subsidies for job-related courses (to $6,000) and professional accreditations
Team members of AstraZeneca Canada with country president Kiersten Combs (second left, bottom)  

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1999
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,208
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 83,500
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 40 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Onsite workplace features recently renovated "iWork" spaces on the 4th floor with meeting rooms, huddle spaces, Idea Zone rooms for collaboration and brainstorming, telepresence room for virtual meetings with external partners, a well-being room for meditation, prayer and stretch, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Other food options at main location subsidized AZ Marché is a self-serve food marketplace offering fresh breakfast and lunch options such as wraps, salads, bento boxes and sandwiches, and vegetarian, halal, gluten-free and frozen food options
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, pilates, yoga, Body Sculpt, Express Abs), elliptical trainers, weights, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Company organized social events yes
Past social events employee appreciation day (free breakfast, popcorn treats), weekly soccer, Pride celebrations
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,500 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives "Thrive@AZ" initiative with core wellness offerings available through a dedicated wellness hub (LifeWorks, LifeSpeak, Lumino, Wellbeats, to name a few)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, compassionate top-up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly information parental bonding leave for non-birth parents (5 days)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 6 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information personal days can be used for mental health, volunteering, or to extend vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), "Catalyze" points-based recognition program, President's Award of Excellence to celebrate excellence in sales, MVP Awards to honour employees who model the company's values
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs access to learning platforms (LinkedIn Learning, Percipio), dedicated training for women in leadership roles

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,087 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 51 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Health Partners, Physical & Health Education Canada, Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation of Canada, Mississauga Food Bank, Canadian Red Cross
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight In partnership with Physical & Health Education Canada, AstraZeneca Canada founded the "At My Best" program to help kids establish healthy habits in an effort to reduce chronic disease -- the company has provided more than $8-million in support since 2008 and reaches 120,000 kids annually.

The Career Directory

AstraZeneca Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
AstraZeneca Canada thanks its employees during an employee appreciation day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian locations Mississauga ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Medical Sales Representative, Marketing Associate Manager, Financial Analyst, HR Coordinator, Medical Science Liaison, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Medical Evidence Associate, Global Study Associate, Study Delivery Associate, Project Management Coordinator
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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